You'd think a junior casting director behind NBC's The Blacklist would be big on drama, but Zoe Rotter's New York City apartment is surprisingly serene. Maybe it's her lovingly-curated art collection or her affinity for natural textures, but with the help of Tali Roth, she was able to transform her home into a laid-back haven brimming with personality.
"[Rotter] wanted rich and warm colors and to create lots of moments of interest," says Roth. "She had lots of art and accessories that were given to her or that she collected from a young age. It's a perfect example of how collecting items over time lends itself to the most amazing interior spaces that tell a story about who you are."
It's not easy to turn a Manhattan apartment — with its constant noise and often tight quarters — into a place you can truly unwind. In Rotter's pad, Roth mastered the feel-good decor by creating memorable vignettes in every room.
"Like every space I design, I tried to create a strong balance of color and tone," she says. "We chose the comfy English Roll arm sofa first off in a French blue and then went with a steel coffee table for an industrial feel and hard line." The texture play continues throughout the living room with leather safari chairs, an over-dyed blue patchwork rug, and a stunning walnut credenza.
"My favorite space is the dining area. We used a sea green ombre wallpaper from as a feature wall and sourced a vintage hexagon dining table from and some cane and walnut chairs from ," says Roth. "What I love is that you can see the gallery wall that lines the entry hallway and it pokes through giving us the perfect backdrop."
The magic of each room can be found in the pieces accumulated over the years that weren't necessarily purchased for cohesion, but somehow work harmoniously. "We littered the space with collected vases, books and accessories that Zoe has collected for decades," Roth says. "She actually knitted the burnt orange-red throw on the sofa using paper yarn!"
The bedroom features a moody color palette, but still manages to give off the relaxing and sleepy vibes Rotter was after. Her art and accessory collection extends into the space, but in small doses like a mini-gallery above her bedside table.
"The biggest risk we took was painting the bedroom in 'Smoke Green' by Farrow & Ball, but it turned out so beautifully," she says. "Ever inch of the bedroom is covered in a different texture: rattan, leather, brass, wool, and velvet!"
Although there is so much going on in Rotter's space, it's still full of quietly elegant design moments.